Ag Life

Wed
07
Aug

Field day keynote talks of community, flooding

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More than 90 farmers, ranchers, community members and those in the agricultural sector gathered at the South Central Agricultural Laboratory (SCAL) Field Day Thursday near Clay Center, where they reviewed the state’s devastating flood situation and learned more about what is being done to help flood victims cope with the aftermath.
After explaining a bit about the Extension and its mission, David Varner showed pictures to the crowd of irrigation pivots under water, fields with six inches of sand on them and grain bins that had exploded along the Missouri River.
To read more, please see this week's print or e-edition of the ANR.

Wed
31
Jul

Oswald helps bring T-L Irrigation to its capital debut

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Just over two weeks ago Craig Oswald, son of Aurora’s own Dave Oswald, had an experience he isn’t likely to forget any time soon -- one that made his dad and sister very proud.
This experience exactly? Oswald had the opportunity to be a part of the team that brought a T-L Irrigation Co. pivot to the White House and had met the President of the United States all while showcasing a product he couldn’t be more proud of. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
24
Jul

Q&A focuses on organic struggles, opportunities

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The going was tough in the early years of organic farming, when growing crops with unconventional methods drew odd looks from the neighbors and raised questions with no known answers.
A panel of farmers who weathered that storm and stayed true to their convictions say awareness of the benefits associated with organic farming has grown significantly in recent years, though in their eyes so much more could and should be done to shift food production from a modern-day chemical approach to a healthier, more sustainable model.
“I’ve probably received more calls in the last two years than I’ve received in the 20 years previous,” said Bob Quinn, an organic farmer from Montana and one of four panel members featured in a question-and-answer session July 14 at The Ivy.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
17
Jul

Grain Place Foods keynote focused on fixing food problems

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On a sultry, sunny Saturday many interested individuals gathered at Grain Place Foods near Marquette for the farm’s annual field day. Those in attendance included organic farmers, product producers, hopefuls in the field of organic food, local and fresh food bloggers and more.
After a widely attended tour of both the fields and the factory, David Vetter and his brother led the group to an organic lunch and highly anticipated keynote speaker -- Bob Quinn.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
10
Jul

Obermier family corn planter more than a tradition

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It’s not so much about the three (or more) generation old corn planter itself that puts sweet corn in the soil for the Obermier family. It is about the long standing tradition that surrounds the planter -- one of gathering, family and questionable functionality of getting seed into the soil.
The history of the planter as the Obermiers’ know it started before they moved to Hamilton County in 1971, according to grandmother and matriarch Kathy Obermier.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
10
Jul

‘Dreaming of a Vetter World’ documentary to air Sunday at 12th Street Cinema

The Hamilton County premiere of the documentary film, “Dreaming of a Vetter World” will be held Sunday at the 12th St. Cinema in Aurora.
The film’s main subject, organic farmer and Grain Place Foods CEO David Vetter, will be on hand for questions and conversation with guests Bob Quinn, Liz Carlisle, and others. This special screening happens the day after the annual Grain Place field day, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
10
Jul

Hamilton County Fair update

After careful consideration and consultation, the Hamilton County Agricultural Society has implemented several important changes for livestock exhibitors for the 2019 Hamilton County Fair.
Update to changes impacting livestock exhibitors include bedding, check in and personal equipment.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
03
Jul

HPC given world-class opportunity to share ag insight

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In what was touted as a world-class and highly prestigious opportunity, High Plains Community School FFA leaders hosted the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Friday to showcase their incorporation of agriculture and education.
The Mendela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the U.S. government’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The fellowship consists of fellows from all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This year the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was selected to host a group of 25 African leaders throughout their tour.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
26
Jun

E15 sales seen as good news for Aurora Cooperative

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Phil Smith, director of petroleum procurement and lubricants at the Aurora Cooperative, provided key insight into the world of ethanol during a recent Aurora Rotary Club meeting.
This is a timely presentation in light of President Trump’s recent approval of year-round E15 sales.
“We’re proud supporters of local ethanol gasolines,” Smith began. “It’s very important to us to be a part of that chain of higher octane, cleaner burning, locally grown fuels. It’s great for the communities. It’s great for Nebraska.”

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
19
Jun

Bish highlights benefits of now-legal hemp production

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Nebraska lawmakers approved a bill this session that will permit the growth and cultivation of industrial hemp in Nebraska.
Giltner resident Andrew Bish of Bish Enterprises has been a supporter of the hemp industry for many years and is now looking at the future of what he believes hemp can do for Nebraska, farmers and his own business.
“I think this is an exciting time for hemp,” Bish said.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

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